Movie Review: HAIL, CAESAR!

HAIL CAESAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Heather Goldenhersh, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 5, 2016 The writing/directing team of the Coen Brothers, Ethan & Joel, isn’t known for being especially sentimental. However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Coens are bringing forth HAIL, CAESAR! their own idiosyncratic love letter to making movies that does everything but belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (There are several musical numbers, just not that one.) It turns […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR

THE GOOD DINOSAUR movie poster | ©2015 Disney/Pixar

Stars (voices): Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Jack McGraw Writer: Meg La Fauve, story by Peter Sohn & Eric Benson & Meg LeFauve & Kelsey Mann & Bob Peterson Director: Peter Sohn Distributor: Disney Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 Pixar’s latest offering, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, gets off to a promising start, with a huge, fiery asteroid missing Earth 65 million years ago. Consequently, it’s dinosaurs that evolve into the dominant species, though mammals (including humans) do exist. Think of the possibilities! And then forget them, because THE GOOD […]Read On »

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GOTHAM actor Cory Michael Smith on being the future Riddler – Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s GOTHAM, Mondays at 8 PM, we are in the DC Comics-originated world of Batman before Batman exists as a superhero. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is still a youth, just beginning to think about how he’d like to fight crime in this corrupt city; James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is not yet the police commissioner, but possibly the only honest homicide detective on the Gotham police force; Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is a homeless teen who loves cats and is great at climbing, but she’s not yet Catwoman. Of Batman’s eventual foes, only Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – who […]Read On »

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TV Review: FARGO – Season 1 – “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” – Series Premiere

FARGO key art | ©2014 FX

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman Writer: Noah Hawley, series created by Noah Hawley, based on the feature film FARGO written by Joel & Ethan Coen Director: Adam Bernstein Network: FX, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 15, 2014 The 1996 feature film FARGO, a deadpan dark comedy about a bumbling Minnesota businessman and a crime gone terribly wrong, won Oscars for Frances McDormand’s lead performance as a hard to flap small-town sheriff investigating the crime and for the original screenplay by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. FX’s new limited series FARGO, adapted for TV […]Read On »

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Blu-Ray Review: BLOOD SIMPLE

BLOOD SIMPLE | ©2011 MGM Home Entertainment

Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Director: Joel Coen Distributor: MGM Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 As the Coen Brothers have gained popularity over the years with their surprise hits FARGO, OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and TRUE GRIT, many forget they had humble beginnings in 1984 with their gem of debut BLOOD SIMPLE. A film noir homage mixed with their familiar dark humor, BLOOD SIMPLE shows the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen already firmly in control of their filmmaking identity. There’s crackling […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

TRANSFORMERS - DARK OF THE MOON final poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Tyrese Gibson, Alan Tudyk, Peter Cullen (voice), Hugo Weaving (voice), Leonard Nimoy (voice) Writer: Ehren Kruger Director: Michael Bay Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: June 28, 2011 Director/producer Michael Bay promised that TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, the new third film in the saga of the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons based on the Hasbro toys, would have a better story than its immediate predecessor, TRANSFORMERS 2. In some ways, DARK OF THE MOON delivers on Bay’s words. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger comes […]Read On »

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